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BYU pulls out 95-81 win over Belmont

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 8:58 pm | Updated: November 28, 2015 9:04 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer started the second half for the Cougars by taking the ball to the rim. He was fouled on the shot, and made one of two free-throws to put the Cougars down 42-41 with 19:40 to play. Corbin Kaufusi added a layup off a rebound to put the Cougars ahead 43-42 with 19 minutes to play. Belmont's Tyler Hadden converted both of his free-throws on the next possession to give the Bruins the lead again, 44-43.

Nick Emery found Kyle Collinsworth on an alley-oop with 18:35 to go to electrify the Cougars and give them a 45-44 lead. Kyle Davis added a layup to extend the Cougars lead to three before a Belmont timeout. Belmont added five points in a minute to go up 49-47, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Emery gave the Cougars a 53-51 lead with 16:15 remaining. 

The teams traded baskets for the next two minutes until the Cougars pulled away with a six-point lead off of a Fischer 3-pointer. The 59-53 lead for the Cougars was extended on a 3-point play from Collinsworth, giving BYU a 62-53 lead.

BYU was 9 of 9 from the floor for four minutes of this half, including three Fischer 3-pointers. Its streak would end when Collinsworth missed a layup. He got his own rebound and put away the second layup, giving the Cougars a 70-56 lead with 11:24 to play. 

A 3-pointer from Fischer with 9:47 to play gave the Cougars a 73-58 lead. Craig Bradshaw responded for the Bruins with a 3 of his own to make it 73-61 with 9:15 to play. Jamal Aytes responded with a layup to keep the their double-digit lead, 75-65.

Collinsworth hit a six free-throws in three minutes to take the Cougars' lead to 13 points. Emery's pair of free-throws gave them a 83-68 lead with 5:39 to play. A 3-pointer from Fischer extended their lead to 18 with five minutes to play.

Dylan Windler made a 3-pointer with 2:58 to play, narrowing the Cougars' lead to 15. Mercer would bring the score within 11 with a 3-pointer, but a pair of free-throws from Emery would keep their lead at 13. Emery took a pass from Collinsworth with a minute to play to put BYU up 93-78. They would hit a pair of free-throws to end the game 95-81.

The game saw 10 lead changes between the two teams, and four Cougars hit double digits in scoring. Collinsworth had a double-double with 26 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, and also was 8 for 10 in the free-throw category. Davis had his third double-double on the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Emery had 27 points and Fischer added 19 points, all of them coming from 3-pointers or free-throws. Belmont's leading scorer was Craig Bradshaw, who scored 26 points in the game and shot 9 of 12 from the floor.

BYU trails Belmont 42-40 at half

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:47 pm | Updated: November 28, 2015 7:57 pm | Permalink

After Kyle Collinsworth took the ball to the rim after winning the tip to start the game, the Cougars went 0 of 7 during a scoring drought of three minutes until Kyle Davis scored on a putback with 16:20 to play, making it 5-4 for Belmont. 

Craig Bradshaw stepped up early for the Bruins, scoring two 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the half to add to their 8-4 lead. After a timeout, Davis added a layup to narrow Belmont's lead 8-6. Belmont's Burton Sampson responded with a layup of his own. A dunk from Davis and a layup by Nick Emery tied the score at 10 with 13 minutes to play. Emery went coast-to-coast 15 seconds later, giving the Cougars their first lead of the night, 12-10. 

After the Bruins timeout, Bradshaw responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to give Belmont the lead 16-12 with 11:20 to play. Taylor Barnette's 3-pointer and Bradshaw's layup put the Bruins up 21-12 with 10 minutes to play.

Belmont went 6 of 6 on their shots for two minutes while completing a 15-2 run. Emery ended the Bruins's run with a 3-pointer with nine minutes to play, and Collinsworth's three-point play 15 seconds later started a 6-0 run for BYU in just over a minute. Tyler Hadden's 3-pointer ended the Cougars' run with 7:35 to play, giving Belmont a 28-20 lead.

Emery's two 3-pointers put the Cougars within four with 5:20 to play, and Collinsworth added a layup to bring the game within two with 4:48 to play. Strong defense for the Cougars gave Collinsworth another layup and tied the game at 30-30 with 3:53 to play. After a Bradshaw layup, Jake Toolson pulled up for the 3-pointer that gave the Cougars the lead with 3:21 left in the first half at 33-32. However, Bradshaw would hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to give Belmont the lead again 35-33 with 2:50 to play.

The teams traded layups for a minute before Toolson made a 3 to make it 39-38 for Belmont. Mack Mercer responded with his own 3-pointer for the Bruins with 40 seconds to play. The Cougars would get the last possession of the half, but Jake Toolson couldn't convert the half-court shot.

Emery ended the half with 13 points and a pair of rebounds. Collinsworth had 13 points, four assists and two rebounds, and Davis added six rebounds to the Cougar effort in the first half. Belmont's Craig Bradshaw had 19 points and four rebounds, and was 7 of 9 from the floor.

Following the Game: BYU vs. Utah State

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:37 am | Permalink

BYU football faces Utah State at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah with kickoff at 1:30 MST.

The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. Live coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. MST with BYUtv's pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 11:30 a.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

Cougars hold off Delta Devils 75-68

Nov 25, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:57 pm | Permalink

Mississippi Valley came out strong in the second half, getting within five of BYU, 46-41. The Cougars got four quick points from the bigs after Corbin Kaufusi got the bucket and the foul and then Kyle Davis tipped in the missed free throw. Those four points put BYU up 50-41 with 17:44 to go in the game.

Neither team was able to go on a big run in the second half. Kyle Collinsworth scored back-to-back buckets to make it 56-49 with 12:56 to play.

On the inbound pass, Emery got a quick bucket with 8:05 remaining to make it 67-56. Aside from free throws, the Cougars did not make a basket for over seven minutes, allowing the Delta Devils to get within striking distance. With 43 seconds left, Emery found Davis wide open for the dunk to make it 73-66, holding off MVSU. The final score was 75-68.

Emery led BYU in scoring and assists by scoring 18 and dishing out seven assists. Collinsworth scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win. Nate Austin and Davis added seven rebounds to the team's total of 41. Davis and Kaufusi scored in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively.

BYU leads Mississippi Valley 44-32 at the half

Nov 25, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:49 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer drilled a 3-pointer to get the offense rolling for BYU. The Cougars then went on a 7-0 run to go up 10-2 over the Mississippi Valley Delta Devils early in the first half. A three from Nick Emery at the 18:01 mark capped off the run.

A 12-0 run over a little over two minutes extended BYU’s lead to 22-5. The run was made up of five points from Corbin Kaufusi, four points from Kyle Davis and another 3-pointer from Emery. The Delta Devils answered back with seven unanswered points before Fischer nailed another trey to stop the run and push the lead to 26-12 with 10:37 left in the half.

After trading points for a few possessions, Mississippi Valley went on another run, this time an 8-0 run. With 5:29 to go until halftime, Zac Seljaas hit a 3-pointer to stop the run, making the BYU lead 33-21.

The Cougars ended the half with a 9-0 run before the Delta Devils hit a 3-pointer right before the buzzer. BYU led 44-32 going into the break.

Emery led all scorers at the half with 13 points, including three treys. He also dished out a game-high five assists. Kyle Collinsworth led the team in rebounds with five to go with his four points.

Cougars beat Bulldogs 52-10 on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 4:50 pm | Permalink

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Tanner Mangum pitched the ball to tight end Remington Peck, who threw the ball to Terenn Houk for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the Cougars 45-3 lead.

Kai Nacua intercepted the ball for 29 yards on the next drive for Fresno State. Quarterback Beau Hoge came into the game and led a 4-play, 23-yard drive that was capped off by a 5-yard rushing touchdown by senior Nate Carter. The Cougars would take the lead 52-3 with 12:22 to play in the game. 

Fresno State quarterback Kilton Anderson capped off a 7-play, 77-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown run, narrowing BYU's lead to 42 with 8:42 to play.

BYU's next drive ended with a fumble from Riley Burt, giving the Bulldogs the ball on BYU's 31-yard-line. Fresno State was forced to a fourth down when Anderson's conversion attempt was incomplete. The Cougars got the ball back on the 32-yard line with 5:36 to go. They would punt the ball to the Bulldog's 11-yard line after running three-and-a-half minutes off the clock. Fresno State's last drive was stopped as time expired, ending their 45-yard drive.

Mangum ended the game 24 of 37 with 336 yards and a touchdown, and Hoge completed his single pass of the game for 11 yards. Algernon Brown led all rushers with 11 rushes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Moroni Laulu-Pututau led all receivers with three receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Bronson Kaufusi was a star on the defense, with five solo tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. 


Cougars extend lead to 35 in 3rd quarter of Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 4:01 pm | Permalink

Bronson Kaufusi's sack ended Fresno State's opening drive and forced them to punt it away. BYU got the ball on its 41-yard line. Francis Bernard capped off a 9-play, 59-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Trevor Samson hit the PAT to make the score 31-3 with 9:59 to play.

The Bulldogs put together a drive of their own, going 21 yards on seven plays. The Cougars forced the Bulldogs to punt, and were pinned deep on their 5-yard-line. Algie Brown's 45-yard touchdown run ended a 95-yard drive in just 1:54. The Cougars took the lead 38-3 with 5:06 to play.

Fresno State's next possession was a 3-and-out, thanks to an 8-yard sack from Sae Tautu on third down. Mangum fumbled the ball attempting to pass on the next possession, giving the Bulldogs the ball on BYU's 42-yard line. BYU would get the ball back on its 15-yard-line after a turnover on downs from the Bulldogs with 1:35 left in the third quarter.

Mangum found Moroni Laulu-Pututau at Fresno State's 15-yard line for a 54-yard completion to end the third quarter. He ended the quarter 24 of 37 with 336 yards and a touchdown. Algie Brown had 97 yards on seven rushing attempts with one touchdown, and Colby Pearson led all receivers with four catches for 55 yards.

BYU leads Fresno State 24-3 at halftime on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 2:48 pm | Permalink

Tanner Mangum started off the second quarter by firing a 45-yard pass to Mitch Mathews to put the Cougars on the 10-yard line. Francis Bernard ran the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line to cap off a five-play, 51-yard drive to give BYU a 10-3 lead.

BYU forced a punt to get the ball back on its own 6-yard line. The offensive efforts were stopped at the Cougar 45-yard line, and they were forced to punt the ball away with 8:19 remaining. On the next drive, Zach Greenlee's pass was intercepted by Kai Nacua for a 32-yard pick-six to give the Cougars a 16-3 lead with 7:21 remaining. Kicker Trevor Samson missed the PAT attempt.

On the next drive, Greenlee's pass was intercepted by Fred Warner and returned 27 yards. The next play, Mangum connected with Moroni Laulu-Pututau for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The Cougars took the lead 24-3 on a two-point conversion pass from Mangum to Terenn Houk with 6:11 to play.

Fresno State drove down the field with 11 plays for 64 yards. However, the Cougar defense stopped the team at the BYU 20-yard line. The 37-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Bronson Kaufusi, giving the Cougars the ball back with 1:07 left in the first half. They would run out the clock to go into halftime with a 24-3 lead.

Mangum went into the half 15-of-25 with 185 yards and a touchdown. Algernon Brown rushed eight times for 34 yards, and both Bernard and Houk had three catches for 25 yards. 

BYU and Fresno State tied 3-3 after 1st quarter of play on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 1:51 pm | Permalink

Both teams traded 3-and-outs to start the game.

A 23-yard pass from Tanner Mangum to Moroni Laulu-Pututau got the Cougars off of their 6-yard line and to the 30-yard line. However, the Cougars couldn't get anything else going offensively and punted the ball away to the Bulldogs.

Bronson Kaufusi sacked Fresno State's Zach Greenlee to end the Bulldogs drive at their 25-yard line with 8:45 to go. The Cougars attempted a fake punt with Jonny Linehan, but he was brought down by Delvon Hardaway just shy of the first down marker. Fresno State got the ball at BYU's 24-yard line with 7:30 to go in the first half. BYU's defense stayed strong, and the Bulldogs settled with a 28-yard field goal to take the lead 3-0 with 5:11 remaining.

BYU answered with a 11-play, 57-yard campaign down the field that resulted in a 40-yard Trevor Samson field goal with 1:42 left. The Cougars would respond with some strong defense, forcing Fresno State to punt the ball away after a 3-and-out with nine seconds remaining in the first half.

Mangum ended the first half 7-of-14 for 76 yards. Kaufusi had two sacks and Colby Pearson had two receptions for 15 yards. 



BYU football travels to Kansas City

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:55 pm | Updated: November 13, 2015 11:20 pm | Permalink

BYU football traveled to Kansas City ahead of Saturday's game against Missouri. After landing, the team visited Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, for a walk-through.

In the evening the team put on a fireside in Independence in front of a standing-room-only crowd. In addition to piping video into additional rooms throughout the building to accommodate all those attending in Independence, the fireside was broadcasted to six other stake centers from Columbia, Missouri, to Topeka, Kansas.

Check out the photo gallery below to see the day through the lens of BYU photographer Mark Philbrick.